The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is more than just getting six to eight hours of shut-eye (if you’re lucky). There are many health benefits to having a well-rested body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 35 percent of U.S. adults are not getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. Why does this matter? Because not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep each night can lead to some pretty serious health problems, including an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure. And, getting adequate amounts of sleep can aid in decision making – namely making good lifestyle choices such as abstaining from drugs and alcohol. [Source: CDC]
How much sleep do you need?
For adults, eight hours of sleep every night is recommended.
For adolescents, eight to ten at the very least is important for growing minds.
School aged children need between nine and 12 hours each night.[Source: Healthfinder.gov]
Health Benefits of Sleep
- Improved overall health and less risk from chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, stoke, high blood pressure and diabetes. Adequate sleep can also help boost the body’s immune system.
- Lack of sleep has been linked to a rise in obesity. More sleep can help with controlling weight.r
- Less pain. Studies have shown that people who get enough sleeps have less instances of chronic and acute pain and a higher pain threshold when living with chronic pain conditions. (This may lead to less need for painkillers over the long-term.)
- Lower risk for injury.
- Elevated mood and less incidence of depression.
- Better memory. Now you can remember where you left your car keys!
Find information about the health benefits of getting eight hours of sleep:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/features/getting-enough-sleep/index.html
- HealthFinder.gov - https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Dispatch.aspx?q1=everyday-healthy-living&q2=mental-health-and-relationship&q3=get-enough-sleep
- WebMD – 9 Reasons You Need More Sleep- https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/9-reasons-to-sleep-more#3